CM Pool Budget Rider for EMS Community Health Paramedics

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Ann Kitchen
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CM Pool Budget Rider for EMS Community Health Paramedics

Post by Ann Kitchen » Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:04 pm

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I am attaching on behalf of CM Leslie Pool and co-sponsors Ann Kitchen, Alison Alter, Greg Casar (invited - Natasha Harper-Madison) our budget rider
to fund additional seven (7) Community Health Paramedic FTEs to respond to dispatch calls for people experiencing homelessness and to support clinicians in responding to calls for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis (see Kitchen Budget Rider posted yesterday about this program).

We look forward to working with our colleagues for support of this Budget Rider which will help the city with our efforts to address homelessness and mental health clinicians with a health care response.

Best
Ann Kitchen
City Council D5

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LINK TO BUDGET RIDER
http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincou ... 61856.xlsx

LINK TO BACKGROUND DOCUMENT
http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincou ... 161736.pdf
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FY 2020-21 Budget Amendment Form
Budget Amendment

CM Pool Budget Amendment #3: Funding for seven (7) additional Community Health Paramedics in EMS to increase health care response capacity for people experiencing homelessness and to support clinicians in responding to calls for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis

Strategic Outcome Alignment: Health and Environment

Lead Sponsor: CM Leslie Pool

Co-Sponsors: CM Alison Alter, Greg Casar, Ann Kitchen
Invited Co-Sponsor: Harper-Madison

Amount and Source of Funding: General Fund
Ongoing 7 FTEs. $691,490

Additional Information:
These additional seven (7) Community Health Paramedic FTEs to respond to dispatch calls for people experiencing homelessness and to support clinicians in responding to calls for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. The goal of CHP medics within EMS is to address non-emergent needs for individuals that call 911 because they have no other place to turn for medical care. CHPs partner with clinics, hospitals and other resources to develop ways to prevent hospital readmissions and ensure the patient is receiving the most appropriate care.
Ann Kitchen
Council Member District 5